Prevent Duty

Prevent Duty

The need to prevent people being drawn into terrorist activities

Your responsibility

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism".

Being drawn into terrorism includes not just violent extremism but also non-violent extremism, which can create an atmosphere conducive to terrorism and can popularise views which terrorists exploit.

Schools, Colleges, Universities and Local Authorities need to demonstrate that they are protecting young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies in place to identify young people at risk, and intervening as appropriate.

eSafe provides a unique early warning service to help you fulfil your obligations and duty under Section 26 of the Act. 

What we provide

The eSafe Service delivers essential visibility of extremist behaviour and the threat of radicalisation, including the subtle indicators associated with non-violent extremism and early stage radicalisation, through a combination of:

  • extensive localised, national, international and cultural markers to detect far right/white supremacy and Islamic extremism
  • language independent monitoring technology to identify extremist material and activity communicated in a foreign language
  • sophisticated device monitoring technology to identify the above as imagery, keystrokes, document content, and chat communication, irrespective of whether the device is on-line or offline, and regardless of the device location 
  • specialist multi-lingual reviewing staff to ensure serious risk is escalated for intervention in a timely manner


Blessed Hugh Farringdon School

Terry Bartrum - Network Manager

eSafe can be fully customised to meet our own specific school requirements; so we get to define how strictly we want the system to operate and eSafe manage the settings on our behalf. For example we don’t have the image filters turned up to the highest level for certain classes such as art and other lessons, so as not to restrict searches

Havering 6th Form College

Director - Director of IT

What has been useful about e-Safe is not just the major incidents which have been picked up, e.g. suicidality, physical abuse etc but also the lower level material especially around mental health. We have been alerted to students doing searches around depression out of concern for their own mental health. This enabled us to intervene and present them with various options in terms of obtaining appropriate help

Our Lady of Grace Primary School

Pat Jones - Headteacher

Such positive and immediate feedback enables early behaviour modification and prevents more serious problems as they grow older. eSafe is a very effective method of ensuring that the children and staff in our school are protected all the time they are using our ICT resources.